Head of School Welcome
As the very proud Head of this school, I'd like to offer you a very warm welcome to Blenheim Primary – a welcoming and inclusive learning community, where leaders, teachers, support staff, parents, governors and trustees are united in our shared belief that we can transform the life opportunities of every child in our school by offering them the highest-quality education possible.
Located in Orpington, Kent we are often described as a 'hidden gem' in our community - tucked away off a small driveway, we are not visible from any roadsides and so many who know the area don't even realise we're here! But when you do find us, we are confident you'll be delighted that you have. For a number of years now, Blenheim has been oversubscribed which is a tribute to the wonderful pupils and staff who continually make us proud and always go the extra mile to make Blenheim what it is. After visiting, many parents and pupils simply say they can't wait to join us. We are a relatively small school in comparison to others around us with only 1 class per year group but our size contributes to what makes us unique and truly allows us to get to know pupils individually and of course their families.
Every school has its own distinctive 'feel' and we feel that 'special element' at Blenheim comes from our caring, supportive and friendly environment where you're always greeted with a 'Good Morning' and a smile. We are a happy school and we try our best to maximise learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom making good use of our buildings and wonderful grounds. Our pupils are challenged to achieve their full potential in every respect and we encourage them to become engaged, articulate and independent learners.
We have high expectations of our pupils which they respond to with excellent behaviour and attitudes to learning as they embrace our motto of 'Challenge, Strive, Succeed'. Our dedicated and caring staff work extremely hard to deliver an engaging, innovative curriculum which deepens pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding enabling them to achieve excellent outcomes. 1 in 4 children in our 2020 leavers cohort moved on to attend Grammar Secondary schools in nearby boroughs. Ofsted rated us a 'Good' school in November 2019 with parents typically saying "they couldn't be happier", but we are not content with that - and embrace our own motto as we continue to strive and challenge ourselves until we succeed with achieving 'Outstanding'.
Creative Arts and Sports are proudly a strength of our school – all pupils from KS2 learn to play an instrument and our choir and sports teams perform and compete regularly. In 2019 we were awarded a Silver Games Mark award for our participation in sporting events across the borough and in the same year, many of our pupils were invited to perform in a Musical Celebration at the Royal Festival Hall in London! We were on track for Gold when the pandemic hit but we are doing all that we can to re-establish our amazing extra-curricular provisions as soon as we possibly can.
Pupils in our school show themselves highly capable and caring in roles of responsibility such as Head Boy/Girl, School Councillor, House Captain, Play Leader, Playground Buddy and Digital Leaders to name but a few.
We are very fortunate to have spacious grounds and buildings with well-resourced classrooms for our pupils. We have wonderful IT resources including class sets of laptops and iPads as well as the latest technology available to pupils in classrooms. Additionally we have a large hall, an amazing sized sports field as well as three playground areas which enable us to offer excellent PE provision and a wide variety of other activities.
Our bright and welcoming Early Years wing has its own outdoor provision and well-equipped playground for our youngest pupils including it's own outdoor stage for performances and of course the eagerly sought-after Mud Kitchen areas!
As a school, we are very keen to work with families and in light of our achievements in this regard we were recently provided the 'Leading Parent Partnership Award' in recognition of the work that our school has undertaken. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated full-time family worker who works closely with our PSA and supports every member of the school community - it is with great thanks to her that this award for our school was received.
In terms of wrap-around care facilities, we are also able to offer extended hours through an in-school provision of Breakfast and After-School Care meaning childcare is available from 8am until 6pm daily.
Whilst this website can only give you a small flavour of our school, there is no substitute for seeing the school in action. Sadly as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, visits are not currently taking place but we are holding a waiting list for tours and so if you are interested in visiting our school, please contact the office to find out more. As soon as we possibly can, we welcome the chance to show you what we can offer your child.
Mr. D Osborn BA (Hons) NPQH
Head of School